Middleweight contenders David Lemieux and Hassan N'Dam will square off for a vacant world title on June 20 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Lemieux's hometown.
Golden Boy Promotions and Eye of the Tiger Management, Lemieux's co-promoters, made the announcement Wednesday, a month after Golden Boy won the purse bid for the right to promote the bout for the belt that was stripped from Jermain Taylor because of his ongoing legal issues and inability to schedule a fight against N'Dam, who was his mandatory challenger.
The bout was originally going to take place on June 19 but was switched to one day later. According to Golden Boy, the date worked better for the Bell Centre. Having the bout on June 20, a Saturday night, instead of on a Friday night, is also more conducive to an American television deal, according to Golden Boy, which is in talks with HBO to televise the fight but has no deal yet. The fight will be televised on pay-per-view in Quebec.
"It was really important for my team and I to bring this fight here to Quebec," Lemieux said. "(Quebec has) supported me since the very beginning, and for that I am extremely grateful. I want to live this significant moment of my career with Quebecers and will do all that I can for them to be proud of me. I am ready to offer the very best of myself. Those close to me and my fans will see all the blood they want."
Golden Boy won the purse bid in April for $102,000, which will be split evenly between the fighters.
The 26-year-old Lemieux (33-2, 31 KOs), a charismatic puncher, has won eight fights in a row since back-to-back upset losses. He is coming off an impressive domination of Gabriel Rosado in a 10th-round knockout win in December at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, in his HBO debut. The fight was also his first in the United States.
N'Dam (31-1, 18 KOs), 31, a former world titlist from Cameroon living in France, has won four fights in a row since losing his belt by unanimous decision to Peter "Kid Chocolate" Quillin, also at the Barclays Center, in 2012. In N'Dam's last fight, he unanimously outpointed Curtis Stevens on an ESPN2 card in October in a title elimination bout to earn the title shot.
"David Lemieux versus Hassan N'Dam will be an action-packed fight the fans in Montreal will be excited to see on June 20," Golden Boy president Oscar De La Hoya said. "Hassan and David are both elite fighters in the middleweight division with fighting styles that will keep fans on the edge of their seats. This is just the kind of fight boxing needs to have. The fans want action in the ring and both David and Hassan are sure to deliver that."
The N'Dam-Lemieux winner will have a world title but will also put himself in the picture for potentially bigger fights against the likes of champion Miguel Cotto, titleholder Gennady Golovkin and junior middleweight star Canelo Alvarez, who is expected to rise in weight later this year to challenge Cotto.